Hi! I have a very similar question to the start of this thread, so I guess it's okay to re-use it? Seems better than burying the nice useful posts here.
My game's been on FGL for two and a half weeks, and has got two bids. Hurray! I find myself hesitating to accept the higher bid - can your combined experiences help tell me if I'm right to?The game:
Amusingly, rather similar to I MAED A GAEM WITH ZOMBIES IN IT!!!11 but without the irony, longer, and actual maps rather than the open field aesthetic of most Crimsonland clones.
I have a hard time judging its worth. It took me two months to make, but it could just as well have taken three months if I'd worked (even?) slower. It's my first 'real' finished game in Flash, so a lot of that development time was learning things.
When it was approved for sponsor viewing by FGL, it was given an editor rating of 8/10. I have not much idea of what that means - is this using the magazine review scale where 7 is the worst game ever, and nothing gets a 10? Sadly editor ratings on other games are only shown to sponsors, so I've no idea how I match up.
If you have a FGL.com account, you can play it (if it doesn't give you access let me know and I'll add you as a friend): http://www.flashgamelicense.com/view_game.php?game_id=6954
You can also see a brief video/trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSHX3o9CNL0The bids:
$500, then $700. The $700 bid has quite a short time limit on it, so I'm a little rushed to make a decision. Both bids are for primary licenses and allow me to add in-game ads.The worry:
It seems like it has got quite little exposure to sponsors. Am I totally off in my estimation of how viewed it should be? FGL.com provides a list of who has viewed the game, which shows that 8 sponsors have tried it in the 17 days it has been up. Of those 8, 2 have placed a bid, which feels like a decent 'conversion' rate to me.
Should I keep it up for a few more weeks and let the $700 bid expire, hoping that more sponsors will see it and like it?
4 days ago I put that trailer together and submitted it to a FGL person who is maintaining a page of trailers for games in active bidding (an automated email from when the game was approved for sponsorship viewing encouraged the creation of a trailer.) I've got no word back on if they're doing anything with it.
I'm keen to get this game sold off and done. But I'm also keen not to be totally
ripped off. Painfully honest advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!Bonus question!
Both bids specify CPMStar
ads. I've only had experience with MochiAds previously, any opinions on CPMStar? A brief trawl of the internet gives the impression that CPMStar ads are smaller and easier for the player to skip, and pay out when the player actually follows through on the ad rather than just views it.